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This whole SparkPeople experience is all about creating a healthy lifestyle for myself that will help me set good patterns for the rest of my family. I don't want my sons to grow up as fat blobs with fat blobs for parents. I want us to all be active, together if possible, as they grow up and for them to have developed good habits that will help them be successful as adults.

How did I let myself get trapped in all this lard, anyway??? Sadly, this isn't the first time I have been overweight... I managed to get down to a great weight for my wedding (pic included for my inspiration), but that was a relatively short-term goal with no follow-on lifestyle changes. Some bad stuff followed, in life, and I ate (and drank a lot of alcohol) to console myself. And then some good stuff happened, and then I ate to celebrate.

And here we are....

But I have been doing the SparkPeople thing for 1 week, and have lost 5 lbs. toward my goal. Things are looking up.

Thanks for visiting!

Member Since: 1/11/2006

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My Goals:
Short term:
1) Get back down to my fighting weight of 160 lbs.
2) Have fun being more active with my family

Long term: Adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle and instill healthy values and habits in my children.

My Program:
At the moment, I am in the FastBreak stage and am working to stay within the low end of my target ranges, exceed minimum water intake and get 30 minutes of cardio exercise at least 3 times per week. I am stretching for 10 min. per day.

Once I have proven to myself that this program is maintainable, I hope to add strength training and increase cardio.

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I'd rather not say. I used to live in Texas, but now live somewhere where there is snow and winter seems to last forever.

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    BTW, congratulations on your outstanding first week!!!
    4194 days ago
    Thank you for the invite Melanie!!! I'm looking forward to working together on our goal. This is very cool. I need to learn more about this SparkPage and hope it is private to just us Buffies. ?
    4194 days ago
  • v VICKY31MOM
    Hey Mel,
    Thanx for the invite to your group! THis really is a great site and it keeps me accountable for what I do and what I eat!!!! Love your pics!!!
    4194 days ago
    WELCOME TO SPARKPEOPLE! I was just browsing the site, and came across your page.
    I wanted to take this oportunity to invite you to our team. It is called "OVERCOMING OBSTACLES".
    It is a forum that my wife (ticklemepink-aka Carol) formed. At first, it was for people with a disabitliy, but now it's expanded to everyone..disability or no disability. As a matter of fact, more then 1/2 of the group do not have a disability.

    The link is located on my sparkpage, and the main discussion room is still named "disabiltiies group".
    I was noticing some successes here on your page, and that is what the forum is all about.
    People post their successes in life, their personal stories, motivation to succeed, advice, and there's even a thread for jokes.

    I was hoping that you will click the link, join the group, and come to post in the main room, & maybe share some of your own successes, etc..for us to all get aquainted,better. As you read some of the posts in there, you will see some amazing accomplishments, before and after joining sparkpeople. Spark coach Jen is a member of our team, also, and is willing to help everyone.

    We hope to welcome you! (Please feel freeee to invite your friends in with you..I know they'll be almost as delighted as we are to welcome you to the" place where people congregate"!! )
    I hope you will click the tab that says "sparkmail" if you need any questions answerred, and either sparkmail myself, or Carol. We are willing to help.

    4195 days ago